Well, here is my updated equipment list.
I still have the THE pack, but I am not exactly happy with it. Quality is not an issue, but I like to take my "BOB" out camping, and the THE pack does not have a frame and it is a little...conspicuous. Anyway, I am looking for a better option and have my eye on a couple of the Osprey packs, mostly because I have been using a Daylite for my GHB/hiking pack and am very fond of it.
Basically, this is all my good stuff in a pile. I don't have enough stuff to make a dedicated BOB and a dedicated GHB, so I basically take some stuff out and call it a GHB, or add some stuff and call it a BOB. So, not everything pictured here will be carried in one pack, at one time, unless I was truly bugging out.
My philosophy is to keep it simple, and stick to the big three (as I see it): water, shelter, food, in that order. I don't have a lot of food since I don't plan to be out for more than 72 hours, but I also like to think I could find a way to get food for myself if I was caught in some sort of long term survival situation. Without further ado:Tools
Knives: Tora Bushcraft kukri and karda, RAT RC-4, Leatherman Wave
Paracord (two 10' shanks, two 25' shanks, one 150'-ish roll)
Coleman Camp trowel
Princeton Tec Quad headlamp
Petzl E-lite headlampFood, Water and Cooking
Nalgene Canteen and USGI canteen cup
Klean Kanteen 27 oz
Platypus 2L collapsable canteen
Pur Hiker Pro pump filter
Katadyn MicroPur tablets
Light My Fire Mess Kit
MSR Titan kettle
MSR Pocket Rocket stove and fuel
Alcohol aluminum can stove (missing the fuel bottle)
3 MREs, stripped and vacuum packed
Luxury items: Lemonade, tabasco sauce, and hot cocoa mixFirst Aid and Personal Care
-sunscreen, bugspray, triple antibiotic ointment, Gold Bond powder, hand sanitizer
-Kerlix roll, triangle bandage, 2 4x4s, 1 abd pad, and a few Steri-strips
Go Towels - favorite piece of gear, right here.
Compressed towels of several types, more hand sanitizer and wet wipes
3 Bic lighters
Vaseline Cotton Balls
Blastmatch - in ultra-cool, high-vis orange!
Light My Fire Army model and fatwood stick, with extra-long paracord lanyard
-Homemade Maya DustSurvival Gear
AMK 2 person Heatsheat
Suunto M2 compass
1 gallon ziplock bag
BOAT - this will get it's own thread eventually
Fox Howler whistle
Quarters for vending machines
Sharpie, pen and notepad
Academy brand Lexan canteen (normally I carry a wide mouth Nalgene, but it is currently MIA)
Basic FAK (should be combined with other one, but I don't take this one hiking...)
-Bismuth subsalicylate tablets, Aleve tablets, kleenex, compact towel, eye drops, chapstick, butterfly bandages, Band-aidsClothes
Wigwam wool hiking socks, 2 pairs
Dickies khaki work pants
thermal underwear shirt
Sea to Summit Dry bag
USGI Poncho and liner (can also double as shelter)
That's about it. I did not re-post the tent, but I still have the same one. I got a tarp for it from Harbor freight, and they mostly live in the BOV. I still take the Maglite camping, but it gets used around the house and would probably not come with me on a bug-out, although it would make a great self-defense weapon since I do not CC (although the kukri would work better).
I begrudgingly gave up my rope, it was handy but I am more realistic now. Still don't have spare batteries. I will expand on the BOAT in it's own thread. The container is a BCB mini mess box, if anyone was curious. I had a whetstone in there, and I have a Lanksy system at home, but I am looking for something smaller for the BOB. Maybe the whetstone should go back in. I dunno. I can't decide.
I would like to get a saw, although the kukri has built me two shelters, but it has limitations. For instance, it can tear through green wood like a freakin beaver. But I find that a saw is much better at making dead wood manageable, especially if it is particularly large. I like the way the Sven saw looks, and especially since I figured out that it houses the blade inside the handle. The other option I was looking at was the Gerber Gator I.
So, what do ya'll think? Is it an improvement from the last time? What is better and/or worse?